Just Released: 2022 NC Child County Data Cards

This week, NC Child released its annual County Data Cards, highlighting key indicators of child health and well-being in North Carolina. These data benchmarks indicate how children were faring in 2020 - the first year of the pandemic. The data points can help elected officials adopt policies that allocate funds to make our communities stronger.

Continue reading to view the full Data Card for Cabarrus County.

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February Is Family Support Awareness Month

Family Support consists of early childhood home visiting and parenting education (HVPE) programs that are designed to strengthen the relationship between parents and children, increase parenting skills, and build confidence. These programs build a system of support for families and ensure children are ready to learn, improve child health and keep children safe.

HVPE programs are delivered by well-trained professionals and are intended to support parents and caregivers and promote healthy development and strengthen family relationships.

Providing access to home visiting and parenting education to all North Carolina families would extend these benefits across the state. That's why we need #FamilySupportNC.

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2022 Week of the Young Child

Join us as we celebrate the Week of the Young Child from April 2-8, 2022.

Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association. The purpose of WOYC is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

The early childhood years lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. WOYC is a time to plan how we -- as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation -- will better meet the needs of all young children and their families. Continue reading to see how you can participate!

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Anne Laukaitis Champion for Children Award

The Anne Laukaitis Champion for Children Award is in honor of Anne’s distinguished Smart Start leadership and her long career dedicated to the service of young children and families in Cabarrus County. The award is given annually to an exceptional individual at the local level who is devoted to public service and whose leadership qualities have resulted in significant change for the betterment of young children, families, and communities.

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